Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ryan Opposed Bill To Help 9/11 First Responders

"For me, this is a day to remember those who perished on that day of terror, including the first responders," said Paul Ryan today at the Republicans' weekly press conference. What Ryan didn't mention was his repeated opposition to the Zadroga Act, whose purpose was to help 9/11 first responders who subsequently suffered health problems. Ryan explained that he was opposed to the bill since it "would create a new health care entitlement":

Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee for vice president, voted July 29, 2010 against the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act when the measure first came up for a vote in the House of Representatives...

...Eight weeks later on Sept. 29, when the $7.4 billion package returned to the House floor under regular order, Ryan voted no again...

...The Democrat-controlled Senate made its changes to the bill and the House voted on final passage during the lame duck session on Dec. 22, 2010. Ryan, along with 167 other members of the House, did not vote on final passage in the House, having already skipped town to return to their congressional districts for the holidays.

Ryan explained in a floor statement that he would have opposed the final passage vote, too, calling the bill “deeply flawed.” He also complained that it “would create a new health care entitlement, the World Trade Center Health Program, while also extending eligibility for compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.”

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